The Synod COR Training Event
The Synod COR Training Event
2013 Synod Committee on Representation Training Event
The Synod COR Training Event was held October 24-26, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont, IL. The conference opened with dinner and contextual Bible study on Thursday evening at 5:30 pm and ended with closing worship on Saturday at noon. The theme of the 2013 Synod COR Training Event was “There’s Power in the Patchwork: Unity in Diversity.”
Rev. Margaret Aymer, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of New Testament
The Interdenominational Theological Center
Sermon: Respond (PDF)
The story of the choosing of the deacons in Acts 6:1-7 calls the church to respond to the protests of its own members.
A Contextual Bible Study on Acts 6:1-7 (PDF)
This is the text of the presentation on Contextual Bible study made by Dr. M. Aymer. It includes, at the end, the handout for participants.
Rev. Shawna Bowman
Friendship Presbyterian Church
Sermon: Draw the Circle Wide (PDF)
This is the text of the sermon delivered on Saturday, October 26, 2013 for the closing worship of the 2013 Synod COR Training Event, “There’s Power in the Patchwork: Unity in Diversity.”
The role of the artist in the community can be one of listening on the edges. As an artist I love to sit in the liminal spaces of a conversation, listening for the passion and ideas, the vision and the plans take shape, and then I inscribe them on a canvas, recording them and making visible the dreams of the gathered the community. Click here for more.
Dr. Jeremy Schipper
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Chapter 2: Disability Studies and the Bible, Nyasha Junior and Jeremy Schipper (PDF)
From New Meanings for Ancient Texts edited by John Kaltner and Steven L. McKenzie. © 2013 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved.
Dr. Reggie Williams
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
McCormick Theological Seminary
Presentation: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Story of Race
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News & Statements
November 4, 2013
Narratives help shape understanding of what it means to be human. Lifting the veil on distorted and inaccurate representations, therefore, is key, participants in the General Assembly Committee on Representation (GACOR) 2013 Synod Training Event were told.
“To be advocates of justice, we must never adjust to the narratives,” said Reggie Williams, assistant professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary. People are given a script at birth, but that script is dynamic and people can influence their stories, said Jeremy Schipper, associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Temple University.
- November 1, 2013
- October 25, 2013
- Advisory Committee on Litigation
- Advisory Committee on the Constitution
- Committee on Representation
- The Synod COR Training Event
- Committee on the Office of the General Assembly
- General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations
- General Assembly Nominating Committee
- General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission
- Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar
- Stated Clerk Nomination Committee